Grants & Community Projects

As an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation’s goal is to support projects that enhance the quality of life for northern Susitna Valley residents, addressing immediate needs while working toward long-term improvements. We are continually listening and learning about what is important to you.

We use proceeds from our growing permanent endowment to award yearly grants to support charitable organizations and programs in the northern Susitna Valley area. Grants support a broad range of community needs, including health and wellness, education, the great outdoors, arts and culture, and community development. We are currently focusing our grantmaking on projects that support compassionate health care, innovative education, community enrichment, active enjoyment of the natural environment, and arts and cultural expression. We seek projects that have the potential to impact a broad range of residents and show collaboration with other organizations.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Advisory Board if you have a project you hope we’ll support.

Competitive Grants Cycle

Our 2017 competitive grants cycle was open from May 15 to July 14 and we are not currently accepting applications. If you are a current grantee and need to complete a grant report or other follow up, please note that these are completed using the online grant system.

Please direct programmatic and general questions to JSCF’s Program Manager, Kara Walker, at Please direct eligibility and technical questions about the online grant system to The Alaska Community Foundation’s Affiliate Program Officer, Shawn Rivera, at or 907-274-6708.

JSCF Competitive Grant Guidelines

Online Grant Application Tutorial

Online Grant Reporting Tutorial

2016 Grant Awards

In 2016, the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation awarded a total of 14 grants to Upper Susitna nonprofits for a total of $15,000! We are so proud to be supporting these organizations with a 2016 Healthy Community Grant. Below are the names of the organizations that, donors like you, helped support this year.

Grantee Project Name Amount
Denali Arts Council Operating Support $1,000
Friends of Talkeetna Library Support for summer reading program $750
KTNA Support for equipment $1,360
 MSB School Distict Support for Talkeetna Community Schools $1,000
Imagination Library Books for preschoolers $1,000
Northern Susitna Institute General Program Support $1,000
Sunshine Station Childcare Support for continued success $1,000
Talkeetna Community Council, Inc. Support for Skatepark project $500
Talkeetna Elementary Support for Project Ocean $1,000
Talkeetna Historical Society Support for beautifying historic site $1,000
Upper Susitna Food Pantry Supplemental Food and Transportation $2,000
Upper Susitna Seniors, Inc. Meals on Wheels $1,000
USS & WCD Trail upgrades for Su Valley Middle & High School $2,000
Willow Community Food Pantry Summer reading and lunch serving in Caswell $890

Previous Grant Awards

2015 Grantees

2014 Grantees

2013 Grantees

2012 Grantees

2011 Grantees

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